PHOTOS: Dems Caucus Kicks Off 2012 Political Season
By Susan Halas
It was a wet and rainy Wednesday night as Democrats throughout Hawaii caucused to elect party officers and select delegates to state and national party conventions.
Maui Now visited the meeting at Wailuku Elementary School Cafeteria where Democrats from District 8 (Wailuku, Waihee, Waikapu) and District 9 (Kahului-Spreklesville) gathered to conduct party business.
These precinct caucuses, held every two years, are the kick-off to the election cycle. The scene in Wailuku was replicated throughout the state.
Attendance at the Wailuku event totaled about 60 Democrats. Many of the participants came prepared with bumper stickers, pens and posters supporting their favorite Democratic candidate. Others came to begin the process of becoming a convention delegate. Many wore t-shirts showing their choices or sporting a get-out-the-vote message.
Despite the weather, those who attended were an enthusiastic and congenial group, even if their numbers were much reduced from 2008 when Obama had yet to become the nominee. That year Mauians in the thousands turned out at the precinct level to show their support.
Justin Hughey and Linda Puppolo and were re-elected as district chairs for District 8 and 9 respectively. Both expect Maui Democrats to play an active role in party activities leading up to primary and general elections.
Puppolo said in the coming months Maui Democrats will organize and support grass roots efforts in favor of Obama’s re-election. “We will also be talking about platform issues for the Maui County Democratic convention.” The local convenes here on May 6.
That event is followed by the state convention in Honolulu May 25-27. The Democratic National Convention meets in Charlotte, North Carolina in September 3-6.